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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,609 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Bohjalian Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For ten summers, the Seton family—all three generations—met at their country home in New England to spend a week together playing tennis, badminton, and golf, and savoring gin and tonics on the wraparound porch to celebrate the end of the season. In the eleventh summer, everything changed. A hunting rifle with a single cartridge left in the chamber wound up in exactly the wrong hands at exactly the wrong time, and led to a nightmarish accident that put to the test the values that unite the family—and the convictions that just may pull it apart. 

Before You Know Kindness is a family saga that is timely in its examination of some of the most important issues of our era, and timeless in its exploration of the strange and unexpected places where we find love.

As he did with his earlier masterpiece, Midwives, Chris Bohjalian has written a novel that is rich with unforgettable characters—and absolutely riveting in its page-turning intensity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A dark psychological dance of family estrangements, lies and self-righteousness . . . plenty of finely wrought characters and thought-provoking personal and political drama. The Seattle Times
  • Extraordinary. . . . Bohjalian has had much success in the past, including a selection as an Oprah Book Club author. Before You Know Kindness is better than anything he's written before. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • "Before You Know Kindness may very well be his best. . . . Masterly . . . timely [and] well-wrought. The Boston Globe

  • An irresistible read. Moving from quiet domestic drama to legal thriller. The Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura Buechler | 2/20/2014

    " This book reminded me a great deal of Jodi Picoult's novels, in that it sets a family against the backdrop of ethical and moral issues that can either bring them together or tear them apart. I enjoyed reading the story of how an accidental (or was it?) shooting affected all the family dynamics, and even rippled out beyond the family. A quiet but compelling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maggie | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed it, but the amount of points of view was a little out of control. Since I am used to Jodi Piccoult's mastery of different voices, Bohjalian's lack was blatant. Characters did not have unique voices, were in a consistently distant third person and not even separated into different chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristi Bumpus | 2/8/2014

    " I liked the book, but it took me an unusually long time to get through it, particularly the first half. Perhaps it's because I didn't really relate to any of the characters, although they were well-developed. At any rate , others of his books I have kept to reread - this one, I don't believe I will. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erin | 2/3/2014

    " The story is pretty good, but the author gets bogged down in excruciating detail that drove me nuts. A huge section of the book dragged on and on, and it felt like I was stuck in a loop. Plus, he went from extreme chaos to extreme tidiness, which irritated me. "

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